The Governor of Maryland must have some awesome dental insurance because he couldn’t stop showing off those pearly whites last night.
It wasn’t a smirk like he is known for.
It wasn’t a birth of a child or “I just got elected Governor of Maryland”.
It wasn’t a Jameson and Bushmill smile.
It was a “Welcome to Chotchky’s do you like my 37 pieces of flair” smile.
It left me with a case of the Mondays.
He smiled as he talked about the deep recession, he smiled when he talked about record job losses, he smiled when he talked about insurance companies classifying being a woman as a pre-existing condition, he smiled when he talked about Romney cutting taxes on billionaires, firing teachers and police.
But then something happened. He mentioned cutting Medicare again and giving the money to billionaires and he realized he repeated himself and he became angry…and you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry. Is the incredible Hulk going to come out? Wait… wait… oh he’s happy again, thank goodness; he remembered that his handlers wanted him to be Bruce Banner tonight. Back to the smile. I feel much safer now that he’s doing this riff about Swiss bank accounts. And this is where he enters what he figured was his money line, and he delivers it with a head bob that makes you think the smile really was because of some Jamesons or Bushmill, “Governor Romney, just because you bank against the United States of America doesn’t mean any of us are willing to sell her out.” The smile is there the entire time he delivers the canned line.
But the only bit of sincerity that existed in the entire speech was when he was talking about his parents; then that smile faded. It continued through his “how much less” portion, but you could tell that he kept remembering that the handler told him to smile more because it would creep back in. Again, not a smirk, but this used car salesman smile that makes you feel a little dirty.
With the exception of discussing his parents and what that led to, everything about the speech was fake and overly enthusiastic. From the podium pounding to the “Forward, Not Back”, there was nothing real there and that’s where the Governor really missed his opportunity.
And it was a rare opportunity he was given since his Hillary Clinton backing made it so he didn’t have a speaking role in 2008. And unfortunately for Governor O’Malley, he doesn’t have another 8 years to get another opportunity to make a new impression because 2016 is coming fast.